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my name is mike, i'm in product development at comcast. we're working to make things simple, easy and awesome. ♪ law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president's behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of russia against american interests. >> investigating a president of the united states to see if an american president is working for the russians is just -- it's almost too much to wrap your mind around. >> i can just imagine the reaction from the president. i'm sure he's proposing the witch hunt tweets right now. after 88 days, 13-year-old jayme closs alive, after
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escaping captivity. >> i saw a young woman comes towards me saying, "i'm lost, i don't know where i am, and i need help." ♪ >> announcer: this is "new day" weekend with victor blackwell and christi paul. good saturday to you. it is official. this is the longest shutdown of the federal government in u.s. history. >> and the white house is fighting another battle as news breaks that the fbi opened an investigation into whether actions bill the president himself were a threat to national security. first reported by "the new york times," this federal justice probe was happening at the same time as the investigation prompted by the firing of james comey. both parts of the investigation, was the president helping russia against u.s. interests? one of "the new york times" reporters who wrote the story
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spoke to cnn along with former director of intelligence james clapper. here's what they said about this investigation. >> it's not surprising, i think, in fact, i would so in so far as to say i think the fbi would have been derelict not to have at least considered the possibility, given the behavior of candidate trump and president trump. >> there were a couple things that pushed the fbi over the edge. and i think it's been lost on people. is that the obstruction, the possible obstruction, related to the firing of comey, the obstruction has to have an object. and the object was the investigation into russian interference in 2016. that is a national security investigation. >> during the campaign and after, donald trump became president, there were a series of russian-related red flags. here's a time line of events
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that sparked the initial inquiry of justice. when president trump fired fbi director james comey, shortly after drafting a letter thanking comey he was not the subject of the fbi russia investigation. after an interview with lester holt the president then tried tying comey's firing to the investigation. >> regarding of recommendation, i was going to fire comey, knowing there was no good time to do it. and in fact, when i decided to just do it, i said to myself, i said, you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made-up story. it's an excuse by the democrats having lost the election that they should have won. >> that was a tipping point for the fbi, and they started looking into questions of trump and the election. of course, we know as candidate for president, the fbi found those close to trump held
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meetings in trump tower with russians closely connected to russian president vladimir putin. that was june 9th, 2016. during the campaign, trump called on russia for help. >> russia, if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. >> that was july 27th, 2016. there's also the steele dossier, the memo that gave a window into the possible collusion between the trump campaign and federal government. james comey briefed then president-elect trump january 6th, 2017. just months before trump fired comey, he asked comey for a loyalty pledge asking him to end the investigation into the national security adviser michael flynn. 17 days later, trump was sworn into office. that takes us to may 17th, 2017, eight days after president trump
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fired fbi director james comey, special counsel robert mueller was appointed. his job, to lead the investigation of russian interference into the 2017 presidential election. >> and the white house pushing back strong on this. joining us from the white house, cnn's white house reporter sarah westwood. what are you hearing from the white house this morning? >> christi, good morning, as you said the white house is pushing back suggesting that president trump was under investigation by the fbi in days after he fired james comey. not just for alleged obstruction of justice but also whether he was working on behalf of russia. sarah sanders saying in a strongly worded statement this is absurd. james comey was fired because he's a disgraced partisan hack. and his deputy andrew mccabe who was in charge is a known foreign
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advisories push americans. many of his actions towards the beginning of the administration especially were looked at through the lens of these allegations of russian collusion. the mueller probe still ongoing. the white house has continually said that nothing will come of that probe. the president did nothing wrong and they've downplayed the criminal charges levied against those close to prd trump. of cour and such as michael cohen his former lawyer, and paul manafort, his former campaign chairman. and the white house is certainly bracing for mueller's final report to come out in the days ahead. it's not clear yet whether or not that will be made public. whether the white house will put up a fight to keep that quiet. certainly, this adds another
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complication to president trump's agenda. as he struggles to pull out of a government shutdown. christi. >> sarah, appreciate the update, thank you. this morning, a massive explosion ripped through a paris bakery after a gas leak. several people were hurt. look at this. you can see the fire billowing out of the building there. cnn cnn's melissa bell is not far from the location. tell us more. >> reporter: it was a few how, as you say, that massive explosion took out really, a bakery. and what we understand from the firefighters in the emergency services who have been working here throughout the morning, victor, is that it was just before 9:00 a.m. firefighters were called out to the scene because someone had smelled gas. it was while they were here, that huge explosion took place. and asking anyone else in paris whether or not it was terror-related, very quickly,
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authorities confirmed to cnn that it was due to a gas leak. speaking to eyewitnesses here, it was the force that was remarkable. people were knocked off their feet. windows in buildings were taken out. 12 people have been seriously wounded, five of those critically. their lives are still in danger by emergency supervises. amongst the wounded three firefighters who came out initially, victor, to check out the gas leak. so, hughes explosion here in paris this morning with, as we've feared many wounded but nothing terror-related. >> melissa bell for us, thank you. 800,000 government workers who just missed their first paychecks, they're finding ways to bills during the government shutdown. or they're trying to. we're speaking to an epa employee who is selling her collection of rare books just to pay her bills. and new details in the case of jayme closs.
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this morning, we're learning new details about the suspect who alleged kidnapped 13-year-old jayme closs and killed her parents. jake patterson planned his actions and took steps to hide his activity from law enforcement. >> in the meantime, jayme closs has been reunited with her aunt and her dog molly. jean casarez is in barron, wisconsin. jean, what are you learning? >> reporter: well, we're learning a lot. first of all, we're here at the
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detention center here jake patterson is being held. last night 30 local, federal and state law enforcement officers were at his home where he held captive james -- jaymie. and they it was said they would be there for hours. it was thursday at 4:30 in the afternoon when a lady that just has a cabin in the area was walking her dog. and it's an area that there are not a lot of people. and she saw this young woman come out from the forest. she is said she was disheveled. and she was young and she had shoes that way too big for her. and she recognized her. then she said her name was jayme closs, i'm lost, i don't know where i am, i need help. so it was that lady that took her to a neighbor's home as fast as she could. rang on the doorbell. they opened it. and the homeowner looked at this
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young girl. we want you to listen to what her thoughts were when she saw jamyme closs for the first time listen. >> absolutely knew it was her. we've seen her picture a million times around here. she looked exactly the same as she did in her picture. a little bit thinner, i would say. and then she looked really tired and like she'd been fighting a battle for weeks. >> reporter: and so that woman right there, not only called 911 immediately, but asked jayme, who has been holding you and it it was that woman that told law enforcement and within ten militias they had capulled patterson over. and then it began the reunification which was medical, which was mental, which was law enforcement talking to her, interviewing her.
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we don't know how long those sessions lasted or what information they got from her. and finally reunification with her family, victor, christi. >> yeah, i saw the chief yesterday saying their main concern was they stabilize her, get her with her family, make sure she's okay. what more will you know, or when will we learn more, about how this suspect focused in on her? >> reporter: that's the big question. they don't understand how he targeted her, found her, found her family's home. because they don't find any social media contact at all. see, this story, christi, had so many similarities to elizabeth smart. it really does. and i covered -- you covered elizabeth smart. but here's where it differs. this suspect allegedly shot and killed her mother and father, conceivably in front of her eyes in october. and then she was gone. because there was a 911 call.
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police same, they just heard rustling in the background and they found james and denise closs deceased but there was no jay s jayme. elizabeth smart had her parents to come back to. this young woman doesn't. but she has a loving aunt and uncle and a family that she's coming back to which is the most important thing. >> thank goodness for this. this is one of those stories like elizabeth smart, when i heard this, this is why we don't give up on these people. because you never know where they might be. thank you, jean casarez. >> there's ohm issso many issue this. the woman who found her, spoke with cnn last night, described the moment jaymy approached her out walking her dog. >> i had walked my dog about a mile and a half. the area where our cabin was,
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it's like a loop. so, i just finished the walk with henry. i was at the end of my driveway. and i saw a young woman coming toward me saying "i'm lost, i don't know where i am, and i need help." and so, i went towards her. the roads are very icy. and i knew right away when i first encountered her because she was in trouble because she wasn't dressed for the weather. it's very cold here. she just had on some leggings and a sweatshirt. and wherever she had come from, she had left in a hurry. and when i got close to her, she leaned into me and said i'm jayme, i knew right away who it was. because if you live in wisconsin, you've seen so many pictures of jayme, i just walked
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quietly with jayme, told her everything was going to be all right. i said to myself, just be calm. you don't need her to get upset or excited. i didn't ask her any questions about anything, except i wanted to know if the person she had been with, was he gone? was he in a car or whatever? she said, yes, she was gone in a car. i said, what color is the car, because i wanted to be aware if i saw a car of that color coming towards us, we needed to get her in. >> now, police haven't revealed a motive as you heard there. they say she was the suspect's intended target the night he allegedly killed her parents. real people, real consequences coming up. we hear from a furloughed worker, forced to sell off her prized possessions to pay her monthly bills.
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this morning, president trump reached a pretty bleak milestone. presiding over the longest government shutdown in american history. >> it's 22 days that federal employees are being told stay home. or being forced to work without getting paid. and it appears the government is no closer to reopening at this point. democrats have told the house and past bills to fund the government. president trump insisting funding for a border wall will be part of that deal. without his support, senate republicans have refused to call votes on any of the measures. and 30 furloughed workers that were mistakenly paid yesterday were told to give the money back. that's according to "the washington post." they were paid due to a clerical error. >> we're enduring the campaign,
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i would say mexico is going to pay for it. obviously, i never said, and i never meant they're goings to write out a check. >> that was president trump thursday insisting that he never said mexico would make a direct payment for the border wall. and never said that mexico would hand over billions but did he. >> who's going to pay for the wall? and by the way, by the way, 100%. you know, the politicians say they'll never pay. >> 100%. >> they're not going to write us a check. >> they'll pay. they'll pay. in one form or another, they may even write us a check after they see. >> and that was not just an offhand response during the campaign, it was his official strategy. this didn't get a lot of attention during the campaign, but 22 days during this government shutdown now, we need to revisit it. this two-page memo first dated
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by "the washington post" dated march 31st, 2016 was sent to robert costa and bob woodward on the subject compelling mexico to fay for the wall. and then president trump's three-day plan to force mexico to make, quote, a one-time payment of 5 to $10 billion to pay for his wall. that's back when built said it could be built for $10 billion. estimates have roughly doubled that now. according to the memo, trump said he would suggest revoking the patriot act. to take a portion of the money sent to mexico and all workers illegally. it's not clear whether the president can even do that. but let's go to day two of the plan, assuming mexico would immediately protest, as the memo says, because so many people rely on those as they're known. and on day three of the plan, the u.s. will, quote, tell mexico, if the mexican
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government will contribute blank billion dollars to pay for the wall, the regulation would not go into ecsbointo effect. simple, three-day plan. it's day 722 of the trump administration, and it hasn't happened yet. in a memo to "the post" trump also proposed cancel visas. and in the memo it says the u.s. has the moral high ground here and all of the leverage. the president has not executed that plan. mexico has said empathically it's not paying for the wall. so the president is demanding that you, the taxpayer, pay for it instead. while simultaneously, claiming this. >> they are paying for it with the incredible deal we made between united states, mexico and canada. the u.s. mca deal.
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>> u.s. mca, that's the trade deal that president trump hopes will replace nafta. enrique pena nieto signed the deal in november. with democrats running the show in the house, there's no guarantee that it will. remember, any direct benefits of the deal will be reaped by individuals in the u.s. and american companies. not the u.s. government directly. and the white house argues that more money for american companies mean more tax revenue. sure. but it would be nearly impossible to track which dollars are the direct result of the new trade deal. and it's up to congress to allocate the money at the end of the day, anyway, and we see how that's working out. bottom line, when the president claims he never said mexico would write a check for the wall. he didn't just say it, he wrote it down in detail. and when he says the new deal will pay for the wall, it won't. >> and now the human cost of
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this shutdown. anna coy is with us now. from the consumer agency. thank you for taking time to join us. i want to let people say you have started a government shutdown sale on facebook. it gets creative, but it's got to be hard for you. let's put up some things you're selling. you've got some very rare books. you work as a contractor, as we said. but these are very rare books of the 1800s. help us understand your decision to part with these that you value so much. >> sure. when i was facing the upcoming shutdown, my last day of work was december 28th, i decided to just make some crucial conditdes about what i owned, and what was the most valuable, and what could sell. so, i chose some books from my
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book collection as a librarian. i collect antique books. so, i chose what might be the most popular to sell online. >> it's got to be hard for you. >> it is difficult. i was just recently engaged on january 2nd. myle fiance and i were planning to buy a house. just recently, we started house shopping. but we'd put that on hold because the bank does not take a friendly eye to seeing a zero on one's pay stub. so that's been pushed out at least two or three months. so, right now, we're just surviving. we're not thriving. we're not joining the middle class and achieving our dream of home ownership. or moving forward with wedding planning because it's an uncertain situation. >> i know this is the second shutdown you've been through. with each day that ticks by, how do you feel? do you have hope? >> right now, i'm holding on to
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hope, and the relationship i have with my fiance, with the support of family and friends. but in terms of my work, it's >> there are some people who would say you know this is a possibility in your job. >> uh-huh, that's right. >> and yet, you take that risk. why do you take that risk? >> we take that risk, because we believe in the work that we do. our section supports the clean air and clean water acts which are mandated by congress.
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and we want to make sure that those acts are up to date. and that the public is knowledgeable about the research that goes into those congressional acts. so, all the work that we do is made available to the public. >> will you look for other work? >> i know that the terms of my contract are limited. so, eventually, i do need to work, to look for a permanent position. i've moved that up. i am full-time positions. so, if i get a reasonable offer, i will take it. >> well, anna, correspon cory, for sharing with us your day-to-day life. i know it's hard. congratulations on your
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engagement. >> thank you. >> thank you for being with us. >> thank you for the opportunity. those beloved trees in joshua tree park in california are among the unintended victims of this government shutdown. with a few rangers patrolling the park, some visitors have taken to going off-roading and setting fires at illegal campsites. and overflowing garbage bins and dirty restrooms. gofundme says it will begin refunding money for a campaign to build the wall for mexico. $20 million was raised. well short of the goal of $1 billion. the crowd forming platform was said to be all or nothing. so the money will be all or
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issues relating to making sure people who are sick get access to the health care they need. making sure people who are stuck in the broken criminal justice system and families that are being torn apart are being helped, being served. making sure we're taking action for our planet. for us, for the future. there's a whole host of issues i'm looking forward to addressing. and there's one main essential essential to the rest. and that is the issue of war and peace. >> joining me now, errol louis, cnn political commentator, ari errol, good morning. congresswoman gabbard mentioned health care. yes, that's important to democrats. criminal justice reform, obviously. but the issue of war and peace. do we have any indication how central that is to the primary fight? >> well, you look at the polls and they tell you one thing, but
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as you and i learned, victor, along with other a lot of other journalists. what the insiders and pollsters think is one thing. and then what the actual voters think and do can be quite different. but, yeah, there's no particular reason to think that war and peace is going to be central and on the agenda. the reality, of course, we are fighting these long wars we have gigantic military commitments. donald trump capitalized on the discontent that many of us don't focus on. tulsi gabbard seems taking a page out of that book. >> gabbard a few months ago sent a tweet message to the president after the killing of jamal khashoggi that being saudi arabia's bitch is not america first. is this who can punch harder? is that the democratic primary?
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what happened to when they go low, we go high? >> yeah, the low-high thing doesn't seem to be working for democrats. they're seeing obscenities just like the one dropped here. it's going to be touch for democrats to strike the right tone. because if they're going to try to pose themselves to an alternative to some of the vulgarity and obscenity that we saw that has come with the trump campaign, and now administration, they're going to -- they'll have to do something about that. but they as have to show the democratic base that they're ready to go toe to toe with this administration. for the idea for which it stands. and there's no easy way to do that. many, many people, i think we saw it all throughout the republican primary in 2016 really failed to get the right tone. you know, you can't out-juvenile donald trump. you can outcute him, when it comes to the nicknames and all of this kind of stuff.
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she's welcome to try, obviously. i think more seriously underneath it, you've got a question of somebody really breaking with the rest of the democratic field most likely when it comes to this question of war and peace and whether or not all of the u.s. alliances overseas need to be shane up, or ended. >> and let's talk about another in the democratic field. michael bloomberg said if he runs he would sell funds for the nomination. "forbes" has his net worth at $24 billion. good for him. but senator elizabeth warren is in new hampshire telling democrats to say no to billionaires' influence on policy, setting up a direct confrontation between these two. >> yeah, it's really interesting, victor. you've got mike bloomberg who ran three times for mayor here, successfully, in new york city. he makes the case because she's self-funded he can avoid the
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issue of corruption. because there are no donors, no interest groups that can hold their money as a lure to get limb to take certain pose positions. and that has a certain amount of ring of truth to it. on the other hand what elizabeth warren is saying is also true, which is no billionaire, even one who is a candidate himself should be able to use private wealth to steer the course of public policy. so, the democratic base is going to figure out whether they're in the mood for the michael bloomberg argument that somebody who is unbought, he can't be bought because he's got too much money, is the way they want to go. a similar argument, by the way, was made a couple years ago by this guy donald trump, another rich new york businessman, who managed to convince a lot of people that having money meant he wouldn't be subject to a lot of those outside temptations. i think we now know it's more
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complicated than that. >> let's talk about steve king, iowa congressman who told "the new york times," white nationalist, white supremacist, western civilcivilization, how that become offensive? any indication that there will be formal congressional ridic e ridicule? there has been talk of censure. and that sets up the question, what say you, house republicans and the president of the united states and his congress? >> yes, the new democratic-led house could censure him, it's well within their power. but that's not really what tim scott is getting at. what he's saying, the republican party needs to drum this guy, if not formally out of the republican party, at least put
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him so far out of the margin that there will be no mistake what the republican party stands for by characters like him. by the way, this is long overdo. this conversation needed to happen a long time ago. the republicans have treated him kind of like the embarrassing relative that you sort of keep off to the side. and you don't want to be associated with him. but that ship has sailed. i think tim scott has very accurately and commendably calling the party on this. if you're going to have somebody hanging around using your labor, you've got to decide publicly to say this is not what we stand here. >> errol louis, good to have you. >> thank you, victor. she's not out. the supreme court says the notorious rbg is getting better after surgery. she will miss oral arguments next week, but what does that mean for the supreme court really? that's next. one hour pickup order?
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this past monday was the first time the supreme court justice missed oral arguments due to her health, despite surviving two bouts of cancer, we should point out. we have erin combone, cnn contributor, co-author of "notorious rbg." thank you for being with us. the white house is said to be discussing possible candidates should she vacate her seat. is that who opportunistic at this time, at this stage, or it simple preparation? >> well, christi, the words no evidence of remaining disease
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really put a lot of people's fears at ease. of course, the justice is still almost 86 years old. on march 16th, she'll turn 86. but for those who are really counting on her to continue her spot of championing justice as one of the nine life long members of the supreme court, is that was a huge relief. it was actually after we got the news from the tests when they found the nodules in her lungs, that the white house started circulating that they were working with outside groups that have largely determined the nominations for her replacement. to my mind, that is pretty premature. yes, she is older. yes, she has had cancer before. but to me, as a journalist, i wonder if that was kind of a strategic leak at a time when the white house is dealing with legions of problems from the shutdown to the ongoing mueller investigation. what better way to remind
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conservatives of why they cast their lot with president trump in the first place. that is brett kavanaugh, that is with justice gorsuch. that is the future of the judiciary. to me, it seems less about information that they had been ajustice ginsburg's plans for the supreme court. and more about they wanted to change the subject to something is that makes conservatives feel good about this current white house. >> we know she's reading three things, filings and transcripts. so, she's committed to staying put, obviously. you make a point about the possible distraction there. is president trump prepared to fill the seat coming off of the kavanaugh hearing, prognosticate what kind of a choice he might make? >> well, i understand they have talked about several woman in recognition of the fact that justice ginsburg is only the second woman to serve on the
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supreme court. they'd be looking at woman who have really different views on the constitution. really different ideological differences than justice ginsburg. the name that came up again and again, amy cohen barrett, and i guess the thinking here is she's a thinking here of women's rights, any woman will do, and i think that will not be the case if this comes to that. irin, thank you for being here. >> thank you. >> be sure to tune in for a cnn original film "rbg." and kristina fitzpatrick has the latest "bleacher report." >> snow may play a significant role in the colts/chiefs matchup this afternoon. that's going to be your "bleacher report." senses your movement and automatically adjusts on each side to keep you both comfortable.
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so, a quick programming note for you, join fashion and cultural experts tim dunn, diane von furstenberg and more. "american style" premieres tomorrow night right here at 9:00 eastern on cnn. and we're going to the nfl. divisional playoffs kick off later today in what could be a snow bowl in kansas city. >> snow bowl, christikristina fitzpatrick has more. >> good morning. there's a little bit of a weather report i have to give you every season, right? there's going to be plenty of snow on the ground when the chiefs and colts square off. as much as 4 to 6 inches which isn't good news by two of the league's high-powered offenses led by patrick mahomes and andrew luck. the other game features the cowboys in l.a. to take on the
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rams. it's been at least 17 years since either team has been to the nfc title game. so, clemson is heading to the white house on monday to visit president trump. remember, the tigers were the first seem as national champs to visit trump when they won the title two years ago. trump confirmed it in a tweet last night saying what a game, what a coach, what a team. clemson received a hero's welcome on tuesday after crushing alabama in the title game. a parade is set to begin in about two hours from now. and you've got to feel a little bad for the pacers here, it's the ref that gets tripped up by the ball. to his credit, he still made the call. it's been a crazy week in the nba. just the other night, james harden got hit right in the head with an errant pass. i'm not sure what's going on with the nba. maybe they pay a little more
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attention. maybe it calls for an eye exam for the entire week. anyway, crazy stuff going on. that's it for you guys this morning on your "bleacher report." >> he just got tossed on that one. >> he's okay, though. >> good. >> thanks. >> you're welcome. law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president's behavior, that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of russia against american interests. >> investigating a president of the united states to see if an american president is working for the russians is just -- it's almost too much to wrap your mind around. >> i can just imagine the reaction from the president. i'm sure he's composing the witch hunt tweets right now. after 88 days, 13-year-old jayme closs alive after escaping captivity. >> i saw a young woman coming towards me,


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